Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of my favorite authors and football is my favorite sport, so I couldn’t wait to read the latest in her Chicago Stars series. First Star I See Tonight didn’t disappoint.
Cooper Graham has retired from football, but the competitiveness isn’t going anywhere. He’s trying to establish a new career when he crosses paths with Piper Dove and discovers someone every bit as competitive as he is. Though he is more accustomed to Hollywood glamour girls, something about this out-there woman who can’t be bothered with makeup, hairdo, or anything else “girly” grabs him. Oh, and she’s right when she tells him things aren’t as they seem at his brand spanking new night club. What can he do but hire her?
Besides the chemistry, these two share essential goodness and ethics. Rarities nowadays.
The dialogue is snarky; the other characters are both colorful and warm; the plot is well-structured. I would say Susan has hit it out of the park, but that would be mixing my metaphors. Let’s just say she’s earned a Super Bowl ring.